Today is one of those days where loss is felt on such a grand scale. Our nation lost an evangelical master today, as Reverend Billy Graham went home to his eternal resting place with Jesus. We wonder who could ever take his place. We ponder how such a great leader could ever be imitated. We forget, in the course of our disbelief, that he was just a man…a simple man…who loved Jesus enough that he devoted his life to building up the Kingdom of believers.
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead; and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:1-2)
The reality is that we are ALL capable of doing just what Reverend Graham did….build up the Kingdom. Some of us might do it on a smaller scale, of course, but we all have the potential to be the Way speakers, the Truth seekers, and the Life offerers to a hurting world.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Why do we not so easily see this in ourselves? Why do we not realize our potential in Christ? Why do we continually doubt that we are worthy, capable, or usable enough? God doesn’t need a world full of doubters…people who don’t believe in themselves, or believe in Him enough to stretch themselves to a higher calling. No, our Father in Heaven needs bold, courageous people who are filled with faith. He needs people who are willing to step out of that comfort zone they have created for themselves and allow Him to take them far beyond what they could ever imagine for their lives. He wants those of us who have a willing and teachable spirit to grab hold of Him with both hands and be lead through the hills and valleys of promise and truth.
And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. (Philemon 1:6)
Do you feel Him calling you? Do you hear His voice urging you along? Do you run and hide, doubtful of your abilities or ashamed of a past that you THINK will keep you from a future of promise? Or do you lift your eyes unto the hills, stretch out your arms to the heavens and shout, “Here I am, Lord! Send me!”
Reverend Billy shouted “Send me!” And because of his willing heart and trusting soul, he brought countless thousands to the feet of Jesus. He brought eternal joy to so many. And I know with complete certainty that our God is so very pleased with that humble servant.
Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:24)
My prayer today is that we all can say with bold confidence, “Send me, Lord!” Take that leap of faith and allow Him to send you out as a voice of the gospel. Go into your neighborhoods. Declare the truth in your workplace. Speak His life and victory over our children and our schools. Purposefully look for the broken, the lost, the shamed, and the suffering, and share the love of Jesus with all you can find.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are abound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; (Isaiah 61:1-2)
There will never be another Reverend Billy Graham. But there will never be another me, or you. Only we can make the difference God calls us to make. Only we can be used the specific way He craftily designed each one of us to be used. Don’t miss the opportunity. Don’t miss the beautiful blessing that comes from knowing and boldly serving our awesome King of Kings. Look to the light. Look for the light. And when you find it, follow it every step of your days. In this, He will be pleased and honored.